Dame Gillian Beer was recently King Edward VII Professor of
English Literature at the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow
of the British Academy. Her books include Darwin’s Plots,
Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter and
Virginia Woolf: The Common Ground. She was Chair of the
Poetry Book Society for four years, and has (twice) been a judge
for the Booker Prize as well as the Orange Prize and the David
Cohen Prize for Literature. Both a writer and a critic, she is
currently President of the British Comparative Literature
Association and on the Council of Arts Council England, East. She
is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and recently gave
the Poetry Society Annual Lecture (2007) on 'Rhyming as Intimacy,
Rhyming as Radicalism’.
Dame Gillian Beer speaks to Donald MacLeod of The Guardian about
Woolfe, Darwin, and other interests.